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Soyuz rocket successfully launches 34 more OneWeb satellites

25 Mar 2020, 17:41 UTC
Soyuz rocket successfully launches 34 more OneWeb satellites
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Soyuz rocket successfully launches 34 more OneWeb satellites (Spaceflight Now)Amid bankruptcy reports, OneWeb plans launch of 34 more satellites (Spaceflight Now) Launch Video 45:00 – 53:30 (storytime) 1:04:00 – (launch) “>OneWeb on YT – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzs-1EA5e6MRHXK8NKyqzcw/videosOneWeb launch / mission patch

Up first, a Soyuz 2.1b with a Fregat upper stage took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday 21 MAR 2020 1706:58 GMT (1:06:58 p.m. EDT; 10:06:58 p.m. Baikonur time).

With the help of Roscosmos providing the facilities and the launch vehicle, Arianespace providing the commercial launch services, and Sweden’s RUAG Space providing the multiple satellite dispenser, OneWeb of Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA successfully placed 34 more of their broadband communications satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) on Saturday night local time. That bring to 74 the total number of OneWeb satellites in orbit, with the goal of completing its initial constellation of 650 satellites by 2021.

IMAGE: OneWeb’s Launch #3 mission patch. The mission name commemorates the 55th anniversary of the first human spacewalk, made by Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (1934 – 2019). CREDIT: OneWeb

The Soyuz rocket used for this launch is a far more capable distant cousin to the old Soviet R-7 ICBM, but at ...

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